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Another week, another learning journal! I feel I am slowly getting a better grasp on expectations and requirements for all of my papers. The four courses I am doing this semester are similar to MGMT 300; they are all group based, no final exams, and take up a lot of effort during the week.

To do well, or at least to keep afloat, I need to make a lot of decisions throughout the week. These can be small decisions, like what time I need to leave the house each morning? What am I going to eat for breakfast? When do I need to top up my HOP card? Which books do I need to bring to each class? But there are some bigger decisions that need more thought and consideration. For instance, when am I going to write my MGMT 300 learning journal? I am working Thursday and Friday full days this week, except with uni gaps where I am allowed to have a long lunch break to make it to class. Therefore, I needed to make the decision to set time aside to write this journal a little earlier than I normally do. An even bigger decision I considered was how much do I really need income right now? Because the stress levels were a little on the high side this week, where my university projects were being put under the pump.

Every decision has some element of risk associated with it. “Risk is an unescapable part of every decision” (Buchanan, O’Connell 2006). For some decisions, the risk associated is bigger than others. Something I have learnt this week is that the decisions I make have flow on effects with risks. For example, I chose to write my journal early on in the week. A potential risk I face is that I could have learnt something more valuable and better suited for writing later on in the week. However, I am prepared to sit down now and write a thorough journal than rush it later.

 

Buchanan, L., & O’Connell, A. (2006). A Brief History of Decision Making. Harvard Business Review, 84(1), 32–41. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=19256537&site=ehost-live&scope=site

3 Comments

  1. Hi Olivia Humphrey, I can certainly appreciate the pressures you describe. I'm in the final few months of my PhD and also involved in four courses (as a GTA) and at times my life feels a lot like ticking things off a never ending To Do list. One of the things on that To Do list is actually to try and give some constructive feedback to the students of MGMT 300, which leads to me to offer some feedback on your post this week.

    I'll start by saying that I appreciate that you have implicitly followed the Daudelin model here, and this really helps us see how you are working through a specific issue. All of this is great. What I would like to draw attention to by way of a recommendation, however, is the balance or weighting you've put into this model. It seems to me that this is probably around 2/3s problem statement, and that, ironically enough, is a bit of a problem. The reason for this is that your analysis and resolution have ended up being fairly malnourished as a result. In terms of theory, you bring in the idea that every decision involves risk which is an interesting idea but what we don't really get to see very well is why this means something to you in the context of your problem. Put differently, how has becoming aware of the risk involved in decisions changed your decisions? How will you approach decisions in the future differently as a result of this insight?

    In short then, if you're going to spend the time writing a reflective journal entry, why not spend that time developing the analysis and resolution portion of your argument because that's really where the value of reflection is–and, for the purposes of MGMT 300, it'll also help you practice making your learning more visible in reflective writing.

    Josh

  2. Hi Olivia,

    Firstly, you have done an excellent job of applying Daudelin to your weekly struggles. You have set the scene for what your issue is, and used “The power of Questions” to further deepen your argument. Stating in the learning journal that writing said journal is an issue in of itself is a tad bit meta, but ultimately is a fair point to bring up due to the marks associated.

    You don’t, however, really cover what your answer to these problems are. You cover in great depth the repercussions of failing to do them in your final paragraph, but the only real “action” portion to your analysis is the final sentence. Expanding on that would allow for a much more rounded journal, and would provide much more value to you.

    Finn

  3. Hey Olivia,

    Agreeing with josh, further development is needed in the first stage of the Daudelin model through working through your specific issues. Try throw more detail into it, as the further depth you provide, the further reflection and analysis you can give further on. This will also help with the summative learning portfolio at the end.

    This is a great problem to analyse, and you've done well identifying the power of questions as well. You should be proud of your approach, as you only need to provide further depth to help.

    Good work, and keep it up.